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On this day in 2013: Hope Powell left role as England head coach



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Hope Powell stepped down as England head coach, ending his 15-year tenure in charge, on this day in 2013.

Powell took charge of the Lionesses in 1998 and took England to the European Championship final in 2009 where they lost 6-2 to Germany.

But it was disappointment in the 2013 European final that led to Powell’s departure after leaving the tournament in the first round when they were beaten by France and Spain in the group stage, their only point coming from a draw against Russia.

Powell’s exit came after a disappointing Euro 2013 campaign (Nick Potts/PA)

On Powell’s exit, Football Association general secretary Alex Horne said: “Hope deserves a lot of credit for his commitment to developing national teams over such a long period of time.